Ngā mihi and welcome to new members Marianne Elliot, Richard Mercier and Conor Keane.
- Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is the famous 5km time trial (with 3km option) and then optional trip to Macs Brewbar — more details on Facebook.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Saturday 1.00 pm, season opening under distance track and field meet, Newtown Park (includes 1500m walk, 1000m run and 3000m run)
- Saturday 1.30 pm, Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup, St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay.
- Sunday 9.00 am, Cambridge Half Marathon (NZ Half Marathon Championships), Cambridge.
- Sunday long pack runs — usually, these leave 8.30 am from outside Freyberg Pool and some alternative locations around Wellington. Contact our club captains, Emma and Bert, or check Facebook for details.
Darshna Govind ran 3:17:57.
Sun to Surf Half Marathon, Ohope
Daniel Jones won in 1:09:33.
Kona Ironman World Championships
Michele Alison, 12:46:14 was 3rd F65! Former club members Anna Guy 12:58:08 and Michael Tong 9:48:22 also competed.
Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup, 14 October
The Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup in Titahi Bay is a 9.1km handicapped race over road, beach and trails to celebrate the end of the harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year. Scottish members also compete on handicap for the Baudinet Cup and Ladies Open Handicap Cup.
Iain Shaw is looking for volunteers to help run the event. Please contact him if you can help.
Track and Field Season
Newtown Park will be a busy spot for the upcoming track and field season which get kicks start this Saturday for senior athletes. Entry for most events is free for Scottish athletes. The majority of senior track and field events at Newtown Park will be will be “Entry on the Day”. We ask athletes to make one Pre-registration for the season at no cost and this will enable you to report to the stadium and enter on the day, provided you arrive prior to the normal assembly time for an event. Once you pre-enter you will have a Newtown Park 2021-2022 season number allocated for designated regular competition days. Each athlete will receive a bib number and a bib with your name and number.
The 2022-2023 track and field season will feature major meetings starting with New Zealand 10000m Championships hosted with the the Agency Group 10000 Festival on Saturday 19 November. In December the New Zealand Masters Athletics Championships are hosted in Wellington on 2-4 December and the Scottish Night of Miles Saturday 17 December. In the New Year the annual Capital Classic World Athletics Challenger Tour Meet is on Friday 3 February and, a month later, the first ever four day New Zealand Track and Field Championships, including the inaugural Under 16 Championships, is at Newtown Park.
The Agency Group 10000m Festival, 19 November
The Wellington 10,000m Festival is the most popular set of 10,000m races in New Zealand. For the last four years, this has been a night of PBs for athletes of all speeds — 40 percent of athletes finished with a new best time.
We are very excited to announce that in 2022 we will be hosting the Athletics New Zealand 10,000m Championships for men and women across two separate races. Combined with this, are a number of new initiatives to enhance your running experience and create an incredible atmosphere for participants and spectators.
As always, we will host a number of 10,000m races, and all will have packs of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.
Entries open soon.
Cambridge Half Marathon (NZ Champs) – Travel Arrangements
Anyone interested in sharing travel cost via van to Cambridge half marathon champs on October 16th, contact Paul Hewitson at Kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz.
Leaving Saturday 15th returning Sunday 16th
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but the team is working behind the scenes to get the event back running as soon as possible.
Wellington Masters Athletics Annual General Meeting, 13 October
7 pm start time. Olympics Harriers Clubrooms, Bannister Avenue, Johnsonville
Nominations are called for the following positions
- President — Michael standing down
- Vice President
- Committee members — Sharon standing down
Join the association at the AGM. They’re keen for as many well-wishers as possible to help us thank outgoing Michael and Sharon Wray for their huge contribution and long-standing service.